Gov. Greg Abbott’s Border Security Initiative Rolls Out With Confusion, Missteps and a Whole Lot of State Troopers in Val Verde County

The governor’s decision to go all in on border security is evolving rapidly, and many of those on the ground don’t know how it’s going to work.

  • Jul 30, 2021
  • 3:23 PM

Texans Blindsided by Massive Electric Bills Await Details of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Promised Relief

Electric bills are likely to rise for everyone, experts and consumer advocates say, but some Texans on variable rate contracts have been hit with immediate, massive price spikes. Lawmakers and the governor have promised to help, but haven’t said how.

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • 4:41 PM

‘Dear Greg Abbott’ Tumblr Letters from Immigrant Families Ask to Drop Obama Lawsuit

In response to a lawsuit calling for an end to President Obama’s executive action on immigration relief, Texas Governor-elect (and current state Attorney General) Greg Abbott is now receiving e-letters from immigrant families on a Tumblr page called “Dear Greg Abbott:” "Dear Greg Abbott": Immigrant families are sending e-letters asking him to end Obama lawsuit. […]

  • Dec 15, 2014
  • 1:39 PM

Texas’ Abbott Leads GOP Push for Trump-Style Border Measures

In recent weeks, the Texas governor has rolled out get-tough plans and rhetoric not seen before even in Texas, where Republicans have spent a decade making border security the centerpiece of their agenda.

  • Jun 24, 2021
  • 4:13 PM

Texas Governor Authorizes State Forces to Return Migrants to Border

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday authorized state forces to apprehend and transport migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border, claiming the enforcement powers of federal agents and pushing the legal boundaries of the Republican’s escalating efforts to curb the rising number of crossings.

  • Jul 7, 2022
  • 5:46 PM

Call Off Immigration Enforcement After Tragedies So Communities Can Heal (OPINION)

In light of the tragedy in Texas, President Joe Biden and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott should say clearly that no one —regardless of immigration status— will be questioned when they come forward to receive support after the shooting.

  • May 25, 2022
  • 3:06 PM

Texas Moves to Ease Border Gridlock Over ‘Sense of Urgency’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The logjam of trucks at the U.S.-Mexico border finally began breaking Thursday after nearly a week as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott eased off his latest dramatic action over immigration that has gridlocked some of the world’s busiest trade ports and taken a mounting economic toll.

  • Apr 15, 2022
  • 1:54 PM

Trucker Blockade Snarls US-Mexico Border Over Texas Order

One of the busiest trade ports on the U.S.-Mexico border remained effectively closed Wednesday as frustration and traffic snarls mounted over orders by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott requiring extra inspections of commercial trucks as part of the Republican’s sprawling border security operation.

  • Apr 13, 2022
  • 4:14 PM

Texas Teens Face Life in Prison for Killing Man Suspected of Molestation

Brothers Alejandro and Christian Trevino are charged with aggravated assault and engaging in organized criminal activity. Christian and friend Juan Eduardo Melendez are also charged with capital murder. A petition on Change.org calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to release the boys has already received over 46,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

  • Jan 26, 2022
  • 11:09 AM

Texas Begins Jailing Migrants on Trespassing Charges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is beginning to arrest migrants on trespassing charges along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s actions that he says are needed to slow the number of border crossings, jailing at least 10 people so far with more on the way, authorities said Thursday.

  • Jul 22, 2021
  • 10:25 PM

No Evidence Migrants at Border Significantly Spreading Virus

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As he ended Texas’ coronavirus restrictions Wednesday over the objections of public health officials, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has tried shifting concern about the virus’ spread to migrants with COVID-19 crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, though without evidence they are a significant factor.

  • Mar 10, 2021
  • 7:28 PM

Court Reinstates Texas Limit on Ballot Drop-Off Locations

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has reinstated a limit on the number of mail-in ballot drop-off locations in Texas, although Gov. Greg Abbott and a federal judge came under criticism for trying to sidestep the Legislature to alter state election law.

  • Oct 13, 2020
  • 3:44 PM

Texas Governor to Reject New Refugees, First Under Trump

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday.

  • Jan 11, 2020
  • 7:52 AM

Latino Youth-Run Town Hall Leads to Official Political Endorsements in Texas

Austin-based Latino youth civic engagement organization, Jolt, publicly supported Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke in his attempt to unseat Republican Ted Cruz from the U.S. Senate, and Andrew White in his run against Texas governor Greg Abbott.

  • Apr 30, 2018
  • 3:11 PM

Biden Visits US-Mexico Border in Face of GOP Criticism

President Joe Biden walked a muddy stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and inspected a busy port of entry Sunday on his first trip to the region after two years in office, a visit shadowed by the fraught politics of immigration as Republicans blame him for record numbers of migrants crossing into the country.

  • Jan 9, 2023
  • 11:55 AM

In Search of the ‘Latino Vote’ (OPINION)

The “Latino vote” is the Holy Grail of politics, and locking it down is more difficult than people seem to have anticipated. A breakdown of why viewing Latino voters as a monolith is a mistake.

  • Nov 18, 2022
  • 5:06 PM

Brownlisted: What I’ve Read, Seen and Heard This Week (OPINION)

The first of a weekly column by senior editor Hector Luis Alamo in which he gives an overview of the most interesting and important things he’s read, seen, or heard during the past week, providing his thoughts on them.

  • Nov 18, 2022
  • 1:47 PM

Voting for Democracy: The Midterms (A Latino USA Podcast)

Latino USA teams up with Futuro Media’s political podcast In The Thick for a special post-election roundtable discussion. Hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela are joined by Christian Paz, senior politics reporter for Vox, and Maya King, politics reporter for the New York Times.

  • Nov 18, 2022
  • 11:01 AM

Texas Judge Lina Hidalgo Wins Tight Race for Reelection

GOP donors spent millions to unseat Hidalgo, a Democrat who leads the state’s most populous county, and take back a seat they lost four years ago. Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer conceded the race Wednesday morning.

  • Nov 9, 2022
  • 2:51 PM

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